February 21st - Day 11: Emil, up close and personal
I cant tell you how fascinated
Emil is with his daddy! Not that
its a contest, but if it were, Dave would win the prize of being the most
popular parent! I dont know if
its the scruffy face, the glasses, Daves funny faces (youve seen some
in the pictures), or the fact that Emil has never seen many (if any) men.
The fact remains, he is smitten with his daddy!
Dave is so imaginative at finding ways to entertain Emil and make him
As you know, we are required to bring
in five diapers and a change of clothing for Emil every day.
Its amazing how much they bundle him up ... I would never put so many
layers on him at home. On top,
hes usually wearing a onesie or undershirt, shirt, and sweater or sweatshirt.
On the bottom, its cotton knit tights (over his diaper), pants (need
to be heavy knit or jeans, not lightweight cotton) and two additional pairs
of socks. Plus, they always have a
cap on him. Its a wonder he
doesnt burn up! Today, his
undershirt came untucked and we got a sneak peak at his belly button (its an
outie). Its so weird that weve
been visiting him for a week and we still havent seen him naked!
I hope he has all his parts!
In packing for our trip over here, we
brought several little toys to bring to the baby house each day for Emil to play
with ... stacking cups, a little
Tonka truck from a neighbor, a couple of stuffed animals, soft cloth ball, cloth
book, finger puppets, and some other things.
So far, his favorites have been a Kleenex wrapper, paper towel tube, and
the Glad container we carry some of the toys in!
Its been so fun watching him explore.
One of the things we brought is a childs mirror/rattle thats in the
shape of a flower with the mirror being the center and the petals being plastic
semi-circles for teething or grasping. It
was lying on the floor and when he looked into it, he could see me looking into
it as well. He kept looking at the
mirror and then at me and you could almost see him thinking, Hey, wait a
minute! How can you be sitting in
front of me and inside this toy at the same time?!
Were also curious about and thrilled with his apparent interest in
music. Were not clear on what, if
any, exposure hes had to music but he clearly has a great sense of rhythm.
Whether its banging on the wooden chairs, shaking one of the rattles,
nodding his head, or bending his knees, he seems to like to follow a beat.
Granted, hes not quite as rhythmic with the piano thats in the
music room, but hes definitely drawn to it. Not
a visit goes by that he doesnt crawl over and reach up to bang on the keys.
He also appears to be an equestrian!
Okay, I guess thats a little premature, but he loves to ride on the
rocking horse. Years ago, Kazakh
boys learned to ride by being strapped to a horse at a young age; maybe well
strap him to the rocking horse!
Robin has been a champ taking care of Sierra while Dave
and I are at the baby house. They
wrestle around a lot, have tickle fests, and sometimes watch a (usually
appropriate kids) movie. They
share a love of ice cream and know where to find the best in town.
Sierra has a lot of energy and Robins doing a great job of keeping up
with her! We are so blessed to have
him here and hes definitely making the trip a lot more fun!
"You do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around
Mommy - daughter time